ECM Records/Polydor (Japan) 1976
20MJ 9039 (LP) w/insert.
sleeve : EX+(WC)
media : EX-/EX(some slightly surface noise. side A has some light surface noises.)
This album was released in 1975 by Masahiko Togashi, one of Japan's greatest drummers and percussionists, who developed his own unique playing style despite a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed. This album is an edited version of a live recording of a concert held at the Kosei Nenkin Kaikan in Tokyo that year. A total of ten jazz musicians including Sadao Watanabe, Shigeo Suzuki, Shozo Nakagawa and Masahiko Sato perform this earthy free improvisation. This is a masterpiece of ethnic jazz from Japan, expressing the organic spirituality of Masahiko Togashi, who learned through his encounter with Don Cherry to sing about the unity of man and nature through the gestures of life. It's as if Don Cherry is on stage.